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October 13, 2010

Full Moon Saloon to reopen as Garbo in November

IMG_07352.jpgStoried dump Full Moon Saloon will reopen in no more than 30 days as Garbo, a lounge catering to an over-25 crowd, owner John Saki said Tuesday.

Take that date with a grain of salt though. The bar has been undergoing renovations for two years now, since Saki bought it. In June 2007, he promised Elizabeth Large he planned to open it in six months.

Saki explained his purchase as a way to attract "a sophisticated crowd," and a more affordable companion to his restaurant next door.

"Adults have nowhere to go in this historic neighborhood," he said.

One thing is for sure: the renovated bar also looks like nothing in this neighborhood, where authenticity is priced over glitz.

Full Moon was for years one of Fells' diviest bars that also hosted well-known jazz and blues musicians.  "It was the worst place," Saki said. "It was one of the only bars without a refrigerator. Everything was in buckets. There wasn't a bathroom."

But Saki's spent a half a million dollars remaking it, he said. He's added an onyx bar, granite floor, 20 bar stools done in leopard print, a DJ booth, a grand piano piano and an additional 1,500-square-feet of space to accommodate a dining room.

Even before it opens, the new owner is boastful about the new bar. "I changed a doghouse with no toilet to piss on into this," he said.

Garbo has been open for a year just for private parties and dinners, Saki said, but red tape with the city's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation prevented him from opening it to the larger public.

Tuesday he said that paper work was resolved and the grand opening should happen within 30 days at most.

 The bar, which has a new dance floor, will play 60s and 70s music, as well as a live piano. Garbo will carry 80 wines by the bottle, 20 by the glass, and about 20 bottled beers. There is no tap in place now. The cheapest wine by the glass is $6.

The dinner menu is to be more affordable than Louisiana's, with prices ranging from $8 - $20. 

Saki plans to keep it open six days a week, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Photo: Maza

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Walked past there last weekend, looked nice (and HUGE) inside. The strange thing was that it had what looked like a brand new sign that said "Full Moon Saloon" out front.

Also, the old Full Moon did indeed have a bathroom - but it was pretty bad.

what neighborhood is this in?

Was so a bathroom, but granted, no toilet paper holder. It was a nice place to hang out if you were local and needed time out during a festival. i'm still friends with many people i met there; but alas all good things do fall away.

?, I'll say this calmly.....
FOR THE LOVE OF PETE STOP IT!

Looks like an awesome place to maybe meet some MILFs. What's the address, broski?

It's on alicianna just past Broadway on the left

is it next to Bird's of a Feather? If so that would make his statement about grown people having no where to go false

Whining about "there's no place for adults to go" is ridiculous. Try Cat's Eye, Lil Phil's or Leadbetters. Moreover, just stay away from Rodo's and you can have a pleasant experience in any number of fine establishments.

1.) There was definitely a bathroom in Full Moon... it wasn't the worst in Fells Point. I'll reserve that for Friends.

2.) The pic is small, but from what I see, those are the ugliest chairs in the history of mankind.

Let's hope John Saki can manage this place a little better than Louisiana. I predict that both spots will be in Alex Cooper's hands within a couple of years or sooner. If he can't successfully run Louisiana, how can he add to his plate...

"I changed a doghouse with no toilet to piss on into this," he said.

That is the voice of New Klassy. More klassy than a photo portrait inside a brandy snifter.

Looking forward to pissing ON their toilets. Yo, Jersey rulez!!! Exit 17!!!

Just to be clear, there was a Mens room and a Ladies room at the Full moon. The owners, Zeke and Freda, were tremendous proponents of local music and occasionally hosted national acts. i witnessed scores of outstanding blues jams there. It was a real treat to stop in there on Saturday afternoons and catch the very young and amazing 'JohnnyB' and the fabulous Red Jones. R.I.P. Zeke

Well, at least they don't have the place decorated like a side bar on an 70's cruise ship.... oh, wait.....

What a complete tool. I hope his piece of sh** bar goes to hell along with him and his pretentious attitude. The Full Moon Saloon was heart and soul, this new place looks like the den of a hooker who won lotto.

The owner of this place has just lied horribly... And, if the Sun has any respect they will post the past articles by Rob Hiaasen about the Full Moon Saloon.

Some of the best times were had at the full moon. Overhead was low so they didn't have to rape their customers like the "Lou".Amazing that a place that horrible could have a more loyal fanbase than the overpriced, over rated, flamboyant parade float they call......louisiana. Hail Zeke.

I find it hilarious that with all the negative comments none of them are anonymous. People are actually saying what they feel and standing up for it. Good job Midnight Sunners!

One more thing: Maza did you find out how much for lap dances?

The Full Moon was one of my favorite dive bars. I still miss it. This Saki guy sounds like a real d-bag.

I loved the Full Moon, too. Good place to take a date, see if they could "hang"; if not, keep looking.
Saki, however needs to grow some tact. Zeke passed this mortal coil, which is why it had to be sold. Freda is still with us, albeit with some bruised feelings due to his nasty little comments. Full Moon was a real bar for real people that liked to drink and listen to music, not some anteroom from the 70s playboy mansion
Tip for the beginner: If you're going to speak with the press about a new business focus on the POSITIVE attributes of your new business. Otherwise it comes across like a whiny teen aged cheerleader... one that i certainly will not be relying on to pour my drinks.

Baltimocker, were you the guy in the cowboy hat who always ordered Wild Turkey and clam juice? Rock on, dude!

Whatta numbnuts... the Full Moon was one of the few places that helped out 'nobody' and 'unknown' musicians, unlike the art gallery twerps in Station North. Hell, it was the only place in Fell's Point where you weren't guaran-damn-teed to hear 'She Talks To Angels' or 'All Along The Watchtower' once an hour on the hour,and now some moneybags dolt sez it's a dump for lack of a fridge and, btw, look how much money I spent! Unless he's a money launderer, this place will go down the tubes in less time than he's taken to 'fix' the Full Moon site... if Baltimore wasn't such a cheap-ass, no-money town, the Moon would have been turned into a museum/bar like on Nashville's Broadway...

I LOVED the Full Moon Saloon! It was a great little dive bar that had tremendous amounts of character. The bartenders Paul and Jimbo were fantastic. The owners Zeke and Freda were awesome people! I have never found a bar that evens comes close to "The Moon."

BTW, the bar did have a bathroom, in fact, it had two!

To John Saki: I will NEVER set foot in your bar. I'm sure some most of the former Full Moon Saloon patrons agree with me.

HAIL ZEKE!!

Erik Maza is a douche-bag for not getting a second opinion on THE Full Moon Saloon, and obviously, for not reading the old articles from his own paper that espoused the virtues of "Baltimore's Home Of The Blues"...Any twit could have written a better article by cutting and pasting from Google. It is my hope that any self respecting Fells Pointer ignore the "Garbo" and it its vain attempt to be a "cool" place to hang...

The Moon was the only bar I could stand because everybody who worked there were awesome. As soon as you walked in the door you knew the people in there were real. there was not illusion of class or standing. If you were at the moon you were there for 3 reasons. meet great people, listen to great live music, and great drinks. Bar none, the best bar in Baltimore was the Moon because it had no illusions of grandeur. The owners didn't need to talk down to next door business owners. I however will be at the opening of this pompous yuppie establishment to defaecate on the bar and re-leave my self on the owner.

BTW, just read Erik Maza's profile...he wants to "know about Madanna/Prince dance parties"...lol...I'm not gonna say it...but you all know what I'm thinking...

That he has zero taste in music, Rude Dog?
Yeah, that's probably true. Sorry Maza, but you need a bit of schooling on the scene.

Garbo is an appropriate name for a place that looks like "Garbage" and the trash talk from the new owner. I hope the author will learn to do more research. One side of any story is not very interesting, and so many of the assertions made are false. This piece reflects the declining quality of the Sun paper overall and on it's own is ABSURDLY UNTRUE.

Garbo is an appropriate name for a place that looks like "Garbage" and the trash talk from the new owner. I hope the author will learn to do more research. One side of any story is not very interesting, and so many of the assertions made are false. This piece reflects the declining quality of the Sun paper overall and on it's own is ABSURDLY UNTRUE.

Garbo is an appropriate name for a place that looks like "Garbage" and the trash talk from the new owner. I hope the author will learn to do more research. One side of any story is not very interesting, and so many of the assertions made are false. This piece reflects the declining quality of the Sun paper overall and on it's own is ABSURDLY UNTRUE.

lol...I heard from Maza:

Hi Rude Dog,

Thanks for reading. Believe it or not, I do read our archives often. But the the post was obviously not about the old Full Moon Saloon, but the new one, and whether Saki’s vision fits the neighborhood where he’s chosen to open it.

Ironically, this was not a post I could have written from cutting and pasting Google since no one has written about the bar re-opening or Full Moon Saloon being renamed. Nor had Saki talked about how much he’s blown in renovating the bar, or how little he seems to know about its history. As such, it is a small kind of exclusive.

Erik Maza
Reporter, Baltimore Sun
410.332.6370

My response:

Hi Erik,
article is one sided and a simple Google attempt could have made this article "balanced" and shown Mr Saki for what he is...now that would have been an "exclusive"...instead, we are only given given a biased, one-sided view from a reporter who had never actually been in "the dump"...no wonder I cancelled my subscription to the Sun...

Case in point: The link below for a review of when the club was still open...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/balent-goinstory-fullmoonsaloon,0,5346744.story

Meekrat,
No I was thinking that between the Madanna/Prince reference, along with the juggernaut that is Justin Bieber, that we all doomed...

And secondly...it's a little thing called "Fact Checking." When a person makes an outrageous claim such as: "There wasn't a bathroom,"...which any moron knows would be a violation of health codes and liquor licenses...then Mr. E.M., it is incumbent upon you to include a rebuttal in your reporting... but alas...a friend just called me and explained to me that you are from the "New Journalism Era" and that your story WAS Only written to garner a negative and angry response...sorry now that I fell into that trap...You and Bill O'Rielly have more in common than you know...

Oh Rude Dog, give him a little time to adjust. Miami, this is not.
Erik, I'll throw you some shows to go to. Hell, I may even go with, so you get the "full effect".

It may have been one sided..with the contempt of Saki. The article provided a fully rounded picture of the new owner; therefor, I think that we may safely assume that no one loyal to the Full Moon and memory thereof will bother with that joint.

I played guitar in that building when the street outside was cobblestone, and it was called "Rupert's"; when it was "Good Master Mustardseed", and the trains beneath my upstairs apartment window kept me awake after gigs; when the "Full Moon Saloon" sported a mirrored stage and the ferns came and, just as quickly vanished; and lastly, when it found its rightful place in the universe under the tender care of Zeke and Freda. I miss them and the "Moon" and I will always cherish those memories. And, there were, indeed, two bathrooms.

I went to the Full Moon a lot and saw some of the best music played by people who had just met on stage! I was also fortunate enough to have been in many of those jam sessions. The people came there for real people and real music, not over priced drinks and leopard print bar stools. The Moon was the only place that had an open jam every night except Friday and Saturday. Musicians could always come and step on stage no matter what their skill level and jam. It was for people who loved good music and good people. It looks like it will become the "adult" Rodo's complete with drunken fights and a regular police presence.

What a tool bag and a liar!! There was a fridge. It was large and I stocked it a lot--granted it did break down towards the end, but the coolers made for some damn cold beer! And of course there were bathrooms...wtf? Saki had no remorse for Zeke when he became ill and couldn't wait to get his hands on the property. He was like a vulture after Zeke died. Freda held fast for as long as she could. Selling that building was like selling a piece of her soul and he didn't give a f***. While Saki has destroyed the physical monument that was our beloved Full Moon, he can't take away the years of music, camaraderie, and love from our hearts and memories. I can't wait to see the for sale sign on the door. HAIL ZEKE!

The Full Moon Saloon was the first place I got to jam and play music with talented musicians and there could never be a replacement. But there's no where in fells for a real jam any more, So I don't care how that guy talks bad about a bar he never spent any time in. I will go there, and spend money if he brings back the Music and can be a cool owner, If not I don't care what it looks like or what it's called.

The Full Moon Saloon was the first place I got to jam and play music with talented musicians and there could never be a replacement. But there's no where in fells for a real jam any more, So I don't care how that guy talks bad about a bar he never spent any time in. I will go there, and spend money if he brings back the Music and can be a cool owner, If not I don't care what it looks like or what it's called.

The Full Moon saloon was the first place that I got to experience and be a part of a true jam. It can never be replaced, But there is no where in fells or Baltimore where you can walk in on almost any night and play live Music. I don't care what some guy who never spent any time in the Moon says about the bar, but if the new owner can bring in a cool place that has good Live Music I will go there jam and spent money, but if not. It dosen't matter what the name is or what the stools look like. I'm not going

The Full Moon saloon was the first place that I got to experience and be a part of a true jam. It can never be replaced, But there is no where in fells or Baltimore where you can walk in on almost any night and play live Music. I don't care what some guy who never spent any time in the Moon says about the bar, but if the new owner can bring in a cool place that has good Live Music I will go there jam and spent money, but if not. It dosen't matter what the name is or what the stools look like. I'm not going

For shame. "Storied dump?" Really? Maza, if you feel the need to scribble insults to attract readership, go write for Music Monthly. Misinformed contempt for one of Baltimore's most grieved for establishments does not belong in our Baltimore Sun.

Full Moon Saloon was one of the few places to go in Fells Point where the people and the music were genuine, honest, and fun. Zeke and Freda treated their guests like family. It wasn't fancy, the beers were cheap, the stage was small, but the music was king. I fell in love with the blues in that place, and have years of incredible memories lo look back on. Zeke, we miss you.

Mr. Saki, your tacky yuppie bar won't last long. If you hadn't noticed, adults don't typically care for leopard print. I've got your Freebird right here.

Garbo? My first thought was drag queen bar.

Then I saw the uber-tacky bar stools and my second thought was Dundalk divorcees who look like drag queens.

Good luck with that

I think that it is only appropriate for Mr. Maza to rewrite this piece of crap article and for him to pay homage to the great place that the Full Moon used to be. Yes there were 2 bathrooms but who cares. The Full Moon gave many musicians the opportunities that no one else would give them in Baltimore. It was a 2nd home and family for many of us in Baltimore and around the country. Maza did get one thing right "everything was in buckets" and I challenge anyone to find me a place with colder/cheaper beers than the Full Moon or bartenders that are willing to put their hands in icey water all night to pull you a beer from the bottom of a cooler. I will have to say there will never be another place like the Full Moon and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Zeke would always tell me "look both ways" and now I pass those words onto you Mr. Maza. Please rewrite this article the way it should have been written. HAIL ZEKE!!!

You exactly right, nick. That would be like dismissing the Marble Bar because of the nasty bathrooms.

I liked the Full Moon, always good music, always welcoming to ALL kinds of people. I will be sure to tell my neighbors here in Fells Point (where we have no problem finding places to go) that this new place is NOT where we want to be.

Fffffffff

This article, and that guy saki, are an example of everything that's going wrong in fells, fells point is rich n tradition , for down and dirty,rough and tumble,waterfront neighborhood. The powers that be want a family friendly , disney like place, complete w) a tgi fridays next to a starbucks. I mean, isn't the inner harbor already that? I had the pleasure of pouring drinks at the moon for 5 years, and enjoyed every shift, even the one the cops caught me open at 3am (one hell of a fat tues) Freda zeke Jimbo and bonnie were like family , and our patrons were awesome, yeah our bar was old and broken down, but we had soul, and we need dives, that is something that the article author and soulless saki will never understand. And saki was quick to forget the help zeke gave him when he was building his gaudy , fabulous restaurant,and we all know that place has got to be washng money, lord knows it's empty every night, I hope karma gets him, I know I'd love to bump into him in a dark alley, or at least sleep with that girlfriend of his. Either way, I miss all of u guys...HAlL ZEKE!!!!!!!!

There's little that I can say that the good folks above haven't already mentioned.

Suffice to say, I had the extreme fortune and pleasure of playing at the Moon in its final two years, and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

I'd seriously recommend that you, Maza, check your facts and maybe try to learn a little bit more about the city you claim to cover before your next post. Your vast archives can't teach you *everything*. If the caliber of "journalism" displayed in this article is indicative of the Sun's current crop of reporters, it leaves little wonder as to why its readership and credibility have both tanked.

As for Saki, you may be able to buy the building, and you may even display a new sign with old name like some twisted badge of honor. But you will NEVER understand or replicate the what the Full Moon Saloon was to so many.

Long live Freda. HAIL ZEKE!

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE !! Apparently Mr. Saki doesn't know what slander and defamation are. This article is nothing but a HUGE pack of lies and Saki should be ashamed of himself. Much love to Freda, Zeke (RIP) and all my friends from The Full Moon !! I really miss that bar - bathrooms and all.

I would have thought Mr. Saki would have taken this opportunity to espouse the virtues of his new business Garbo instead of bad-mouthing the former business The Full Moon Saloon. He does not understand that it is not the "building" but the people, the music and the love that make it work and he never will!

wow, this guy is a total douche bag. There was a toilet, drinks were not kept in "Buckets". I've met a lot of good people there that I am very good friends with to this day. The full moon was not a dive. It was a place for music lovers and the players. It was a home away from home for me. I can see this guy having to sell this place within a year. and I hope he has to. He is a mean spirited POS.

Like Rick Chapman I also played in that place from back when it was Ruperts, then the Mustard Seed, right up through the time Zeke and Freda took over. I did a lot of maintenance on that building. I know for a fact that it had three bathrooms on the first floor. I played at the Full Moon from 1984 through 1997. It was my second home in Fells Point. Zeke and Freda were always good to me. I made a lot of good friends over the years. To hell with that lying asshole that bought the place. I hope he defaults on his loan and has to give it up. I'll never go in the place as long as he owns it!

We loved reading the messages from Rude Dog, Paul, Bonnie, and Freda. These are people we know and love! In fact, we loved everyone we met at the Full Moon. Red Jones became an important part of our family of friends and will always be close. Johnny B and our son, Corey, were given the opportunity to play their music in front of a live audience when they were in their early teens. No other place was willing to give them the exposure they experienced at the Full Moon! We've actually had business functions in this place with "no bathrooms," and the former Secretary of the Department of General Services was the guest speaker. The food our guests were served was homemade and presented with pure class! Miss that bar like no other! Love you guys!

Does anyone remember when this jerk bought the moon and wanted to keep it the way it was? The only reason he is slamming it now is because he pissed off the bartenders, the musicians and all of the regulars who made the moon what it was by the way he treated Zeke and Freda. It was then that all of us pledged never to set foot in whatever it was that he turned it into and he knew it. As a long time patron of the moon I can say that I have never found a place even close to what the moon was and never will. That bar looks like set from a bad 70's porno and will never be succesful. Saki can shove it; no of us ever liked him but my contempt for him has increased exponentially and will continue to rise! HAIL ZEKE!!!!!

Oh my good god. What a douche! He doesn't know anything about the Full Moon Saloon. I grew up learning how to play blues in that bar. The reason The Moon was so great was because it WAS a piss bucket that uptight bourgeosie elitist yuppy a***les like this Saki wouldn't dare go into. Leopard print bar stools? Yeah, thats classy. Just like the leopard print carpeted Cocaine haven The 13th Floor. HAIL ZEKE!

wow, I had to reread this twice just to fully soak in the horses**. I would, however, like to offer kudos to Erik Maza for painting such a vivid image of the worst kind of prick imaginable. Saki needn't worry about any of us patronizing his establishment and, after a write-up like this, I would hope the 'classy' Baltimore element would have the good sense to keep their distance as well, live piano or not (no offense Adam ;). I will laugh along with everyone else when this Club's slimy underbelly turns up towards the sky. Hail Zeke and Freda!

"Garbage-o..."

pps,

Nice photo Maza. Storied jerkoff.

The original Full Moon Saloon boasted fine musicians and even finer owners: Zeke and Freida were two of the kindest people you could ever meet. My husband, Rick Chapman, hosted a Blues Jam there for years. We celebrated our marriage there, surrounded by some of the nicest folks in Fells Point.

While it's great that there is a "new" Full Moon Saloon, let's remember the heart and soul that existed in the original. RIP Zeke, and Freida please know that you are loved!

Okay, I was trying to be polite with my earlier comment about it being "great that there is a 'new' FMS". After truly digesting the ugliness portrayed by the new owner, I retract my statement. Karma, John Saki, karma...

I loved the Full Moon Saloon, it was my favorite bar to hang in and listen to a vast array of very talented musicians. Give me the real down-to-earth love of music and promoting musicians any day!! This guy Saki will never know what it's like to have so many people love his bar because he thinks it's about the appearance when really it's about heart and soul, which is what the Full Moon always had! Thank you Zeke and Freda!

ok,.. i have been biting my tongue at this for some time now,.. some of you know me, and some of you don't, but,.. i spent almost 8 years of my life working in that bar,. i learned a lot of what i know now from drinking my days and nights away taking care of all of you lovely people, and i wouldn't change it for the world, i must have knocked off 10 years of my life just working there, but, i have 20 years of good times and stories to make up for it,.. most all of the friends i have today are from the moon,. and i have to say, they are all good hearted and lovely people that i hope will be in my life for the rest of it,.. all that being said,…

i think this article is complete s h i t,… we all know it, we all know that "john" (the name he uses so that all of us "dumb Americans" cant pronounce his name) is nothing more then a wealthy or seemingly wealthy piece of trash, he has always been and always will be,.. not much we can do about that,. you cant expect a tiger to change his stripes, so why would anyone expect that "man" to be any different now then he was in all the years that we were forced to have to deal with him,.. what could be a better character definition then the fact that the "man" bought out the building from under a woman and her dying husband without even the thought or care to say anything to them about it, ,..

as far as this "article" is concerned,.. some of you said something about the guy re-writing it,.. why would he want to do that,. when all of "us" are writing it for him,..he already got paid to scribble down this short un-true bit of lies,.. so why do it again,.. i cant and wouldn't expect any one that never spent any time in the moon to be able to say anything about what was my home for so many years,.. i would rather they didn't talk about what they don't know,.. i mean i don't presume to talk about the lifeless cookie cutter "bars" that all of those special people go to their "happy hour" in.. so what gives them the right to speculate on anything of my house,..

and about those bathrooms,.. Paul and I spent the first 2 hours of our day cleaning up that bar from the party that happened the night before,. and half of that time was spent cleaning those non-existent bathrooms,. with half a bucket of bleach and half a bucket of pine sol,.. so no matter how they looked when "you" got into them they started the day swept mopped, wiped and clean,.. every day,…

every party must end at some point, every bar will close at some point, its just the nature of things,. we only have ourselves to blame for letting the moon go, and for that matter, letting fells point go, but such is life,.. i am thankful for the memories i have, and the time i spent there, i hope that i have a place in some of all of your good memories too, just keep i mind, that we all share something that in a world of billions only a small few of us will ever have the pleasure of knowing,.. i would also like to end my rant by saying thank you to all of you kind people for taking care of me over the years with the friendships you blessed me with and the tips that you left on my dirty old bar,...

Jimbo

ok,.. i have been biting my tongue at this for some time now,.. some of you know me, and some of you don't, but,.. i spent almost 8 years of my life working in that bar,. i learned a lot of what i know now from drinking my days and nights away taking care of all of you lovely people, and i wouldn't change it for the world, i must have knocked off 10 years of my life just working there, but, i have 20 years of good times and stories to make up for it,.. most all of the friends i have today are from the moon,. and i have to say, they are all good hearted and lovely people that i hope will be in my life for the rest of it,.. all that being said,…

i think this article is complete s h i t,… we all know it, we all know that "john" (the name he uses so that all of us "dumb Americans" cant pronounce his name) is nothing more then a wealthy or seemingly wealthy piece of trash, he has always been and always will be,.. not much we can do about that,. you cant expect a tiger to change his stripes, so why would anyone expect that "man" to be any different now then he was in all the years that we were forced to have to deal with him,.. what could be a better character definition then the fact that the "man" bought out the building from under a woman and her dying husband without even the thought or care to say anything to them about it, ,..

as far as this "article" is concerned,.. some of you said something about the guy re-writing it,.. why would he want to do that,. when all of "us" are writing it for him,..he already got paid to scribble down this short un-true bit of lies,.. so why do it again,.. i cant and wouldn't expect any one that never spent any time in the moon to be able to say anything about what was my home for so many years,.. i would rather they didn't talk about what they don't know,.. i mean i don't presume to talk about the lifeless cookie cutter "bars" that all of those special people go to their "happy hour" in.. so what gives them the right to speculate on anything of my house,..

and about those bathrooms,.. Paul and I spent the first 2 hours of our day cleaning up that bar from the party that happened the night before,. and half of that time was spent cleaning those non-existent bathrooms,. with half a bucket of bleach and half a bucket of pine sol,.. so no matter how they looked when "you" got into them they started the day swept mopped, wiped and clean,.. every day,…

every party must end at some point, every bar will close at some point, its just the nature of things,. we only have ourselves to blame for letting the moon go, and for that matter, letting fells point go, but such is life,.. i am thankful for the memories i have, and the time i spent there, i hope that i have a place in some of all of your good memories too, just keep i mind, that we all share something that in a world of billions only a small few of us will ever have the pleasure of knowing,.. i would also like to end my rant by saying thank you to all of you kind people for taking care of me over the years with the friendships you blessed me with and the tips that you left on my dirty old bar,...

Jimbo

Good to hear from everybody on this. I personally wanted to thank Freda and Zeke(RIP) for giving me a chance to bring my acoustic in the bar and play. They were always kind to me, along with the bartenders. I always thought that the Full Moon was the most unique bar in Baltimore. Lots of character and characters. Tons of class too from the staff. Would love to find another place just like it.

A big ol' chunk of Fells Point's heart fell off the day that Zeke passed away, and another the night the Full Moon closed it's doors. Alot of people grew up, fell down and were picked up again in that place. More than once I had a Thanksgiving dinner there. Anyone doubting Zeke & Freda's influence on all of us should have attended his wake. Love you , Freda! Hail Zeke! xo

A big ol' chunk of Fells Point's heart fell off the day that Zeke passed away, and another the night the Full Moon closed it's doors. Alot of people grew up, fell down and were picked up again in that place. More than once I had a Thanksgiving dinner there. Anyone doubting Zeke & Freda's influence on all of us should have attended his wake. Love you , Freda! Hail Zeke! xo

Hey, The Full Moon, The Cat's Eye, The old Dead End, Ledbetter's and a couple of other wonderful "dumps" were the heart and soul of Fells Point when the pricks who now wish to clean it up were pissing in our yards and puking in our alleys. I've played music from one end of this country (and several others) to the other and will never forget The Full Moon and old Fells Point. I've already forgotten the asshole who now own the joint and has turned it into a dated movie set. RIP, Zeke. Good luck, Frieda. Ah, memories...Yug

The Full Moon was about a community of music... Zeke and Freida cultivated that and the new owners would be wise to remember that because it's not easy to come by

Agree with Yug (how are you buddy?) about all the classic old places of Fells Point and how the entire character of Fells is ever morphing into the wanna-be-Euro metro-bars, drawing the clientele from areas OUTSIDE of Fells Point (which we can define as tourists) and trying to out-wow the other establishment with the glam and glitz but you know what? Full Moon. It was like walking into your best buddy's living room. And listening to the best records or best garage band. And eating the best homemade chicken salad sandwiches (Freda's famous!), having a beer or any other libation, and just settling in. No hype, no pretention, no posers. Just authentic, music-loving, people-loving, good-time vibes. Always. Freda and Zeke welcomed all of us into their "home" every night, every afternoon and some mornings....to hang, celebrate, commiserate, sing, play, jam, dance, eat, drink, whatever we'd like to do. And we always felt welcome, hell, ENCOURAGED to come back again and again! I used to start my evening with Freda and the gang at the Full Moon before I ventured to my door job at Bertha's every weekend....and during the breaks there the musicians would walk down to Full Moon to see OTHER great musicians play! And then many of us would close our evening back at the Moon! It was the quintescential hang.....dive in the best sense....and the most soulful, welcoming and characteristic place in the Point. Nothing will ever replace it or better it.

By the way Jimbo, the times we had there with you were priceless, and we will always love you and have fond memories of that joint like no other! No question! From Johnny B and my son Corey, to Red Jones, to Old Man Brown, to Rude Dog...honorable mention...Larry Dennis...we're in Florida now and there's little comparison. (Don't miss the snow) Thanks for some good times Jimbo, Frieda, Paul, Bonnie, Red, and dammit, the girl with the dark sunglasses at night...it's been a while! And God Bless Zeke! Love you all!!

I used to spend my Saturday afternoons in the Full Moon with my dad watching Johnny B wail and then watching Red play the blues. Jimbo, you were always an excellent host and always good for a story. And my beer was never empty. I will honestly miss that place. It had more character than this abomination Garbo's will ever have.

And if my memory serves me, the fridges went out after Hurrican Isabelle flooded all of Fells. But without missing a beat, Zeke brought out the coolers and the party started again. And there were bathrooms. Obviously.

Cheers to the Full Moon's staff and musicians who added to the fabric of Fells Point by being real.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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